October 2005

Secrets of Deep-Ocean Photography

Patricia Daukantas

Undersea photographer Emory Kristof helped develop imaging equipment that can operate in the extreme pressures, toxic temperatures and total darkness of the ocean floor.


Early Books in Optics and Optical Design

Two antique volumes—A Compleat System of Opticks and The Edinburgh Encyclopedia—provide an excellent means for learning about optical design before 1800.

Side-Emitting Fibers Brighten Our World

Optical fibers have found a new niche—as photonic non-thermal filaments that can be used for applications ranging from glowing fashion to infrared security systems to clinical devices.

Glowing with the Flow

Bioluminescent marine organisms such as dinoflagellates enable engineers and oceanographers to study complex fluid dynamics and demonstrate the important role of light emission in ecology.

 

A New Name for an Old Friend

Optics in South Africa

 

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